This online course enables you to match your educational needs with your professional practice. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed for optimal clinical evaluation of the allergic patient. You will also learn how to manage common allergic conditions, such as eczema, food allergy, asthma and drug allergy.
This course has been developed for clinicians, nurses and other allied health professionals who have a particular interest in clinical allergy. The focus is clinical, drawing on the latest research. The course is suitable for those working in primary or secondary care settings with adults or children. If you commonly see patients with allergic conditions and want to develop your clinical skills in this area, then this course is for you.
You will study our compulsory allergy module alongside a range of optional modules. The allergy module is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and covers:
- basic immunology for clinical allergy practice
- clinical evaluation of the allergic patient, including diagnostic options and management approaches
- allergic skin disease, including eczema, urticaria and angioedema
- drug allergy
- food allergy (both lgE mediated disease and non IgE mediated disease)
- 'hot topics' in allergy
I absolutely loved the allergy module and would recommend it to any professional who is involved with allergy within their professional life.
Anne Conway, Health Visitor
Copeland Health Visiting Team
This innovative course is aimed at those who already have a primary qualification (eg MBBS, BDS, BSc) and are working in a health or life sciences field. It has been developed to provide a flexible approach, making it sustainable and compatible with modern career pathways, whilst addressing the needs of a modern health service.
Modules are taught online, so you can choose to study anytime, anywhere. This flexibility means that you can fit your studies around your other commitments and develop your online digital literacy skills. You can select from over 30 modules in a diverse range of subjects to create your own bespoke course of study.
Alternatively, you can choose to complete the allergy module as standalone Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The allergy module runs over 14 weeks starting in April 2019. You will cover important areas in the field of allergy, with an emphasis on interaction and case discussion. During the module you will take three online assessments that examine your abilities in:
- critical appraisal
- wider understanding of the subject
- clinical evaluation skills
The format of the allergy module draws on clinical cases and uses a variety of interactive tools to enhance learning.
This online course has been developed by Newcastle University, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the NIHR Newcastle Training School as part of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre in Ageing and Chronic Disease.
You will be taught by staff with experience and expertise in allergy, such as Dr Gillian Vance, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Allergist.
Dr Vance studied medicine at Cambridge. She then went on to train in general paediatrics and paediatric allergy at the University of Southampton. Here she obtained a PhD for her work on exploring maternal factors that might direct the development of atopy in the infant. She started as a paediatric consultant at Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2005 and in 2012, was appointed Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at Newcastle University. Dr Vance's allergy practice is based at the Great North Children’s Hospital, Royal Victoria Infirmary. Her work encompasses all aspects of paediatric allergy, from single food allergy to complex and multi-system allergic symptoms.
You will be given an email address and an account on Blackboard, our managed learning environment. Blackboard is accessible across a variety of operating systems and browsers. Our materials and supporting reading are accessible across a variety of devices including desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.
No campus attendance is needed, but you must have reliable access to a computer, internet connection, webcam, headset and printer. Recommended specifications:
- operating system: Windows 7 and above (32 and 64 bit) or Mac OSX 10.6 and above
- processor: Intel Pentium, Intel Celeron, Intel i3, Intel i5, Intel i7, or recent AMD processor
- RAM: At least 2GB
- connectivity: broadband or mobile broadband
- screen resolution: at least 1024 x 768 px
Your first task will be to complete a short induction module before studying between 10 and 40 credits per semester. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:
- multiple choice question exams
- case studies.
Each 20 credit module is the equivalent to 200 hours of estimated study time, which includes:
- studying the module materials
- online networking with fellow students
- directed reading
- interactive and collaborative activities
- preparing assessments.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Our flexible course allows you to decide a route that suits your needs.
To specialise in allergy, you need to select a certain number of allergy-specific credits.
Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert): 60 credits including 20 in allergy
You can choose from over 30 professional and clinical modules to build your bespoke qualification in the areas of:
- molecular pathology
- clinical research
- palliative care
Most of our modules are 10-12 weeks long. Our online modules are split between 10 and 20 credit modules and require 10-20 hours of work per week. You should set aside regular study hours to get the most out of the course. There are three semesters in the academic year and in each semester you can study:
- a minimum of 30 credits per academic year (unless you take a formal leave of absence)
- a maximum of 40 credits per semester.
Semester start dates are:
- Semester 1: September
- Semester 2: January
- Semester 3: April
You can read more about how to apply for one of 30 individual modules listed below, as continuing professional development (CPD).
Modules for 2018 entry
Optional modulesOptional modules
- CHS8003 Prescribing Older People (E-Learning)
- CHS8006 Ageing and Health (E-Learning)
- CHS8007 Clinical Research with Older People (E-Learning)
- CHS8008 Biology of Ageing (E-Learning)
- MCR8009 Research Governance and Ethics (E-learning)
- MCR8010 Introduction to Research Study Design and Statistics (E-learning)
- MCR8011 Writing in a Research Setting (E-learning)
- MCR8013 Designing a Research Proposal (E-learning)
- MCR8015 Clinical Trials (E-Learning)
- MCR8019 Clinical Research Statistics (E-Learning)
- ONC8004 Developments in Diagnostic Imaging in Oncology (E-learning)
- ONC8005 Palliative Care Themes and Perspectives (E-learning)
- ONC8006 Management of Cancer-Psychosocial Issues (E-learning)
- ONC8007 Research Methods 2 Statistics (E-learning)
- ONC8008 Ethical Dimensions of Cancer/Palliative Care (E-learning)
- ONC8010 Handling, Loss, Grief and Bereavement (E-learning)
- ONC8011 Cancer Drugs and Technologies: Product Pathway, Provider & Patient (E-learning)
- ONC8012 Managing Pain (E-learning)
- ONC8013 Quality Improvement (E-learning)
- ONC8016 Contemporary Issues in Palliative Care Practice: Management of Symptoms (Other Than Pain) in Advanced Diseases (E-learning)
- ONC8017 Multi-professional Management of Cancer Part 1 (E-learning)
- ONC8018 Multi-professional Management of Cancer Part 2 (E-learning)
- ONC8019 Pharmacology of Chemotherapeutic Agents (E-learning)
- ONC8021 Health Economics (E-Learning)
- ONC8022 Cancer Cell, Molecular Biology and Genetics (E-learning)
- ONC8025 Cancer Pathology and Molecular Applications for Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (E-learning)
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Fees & Funding
If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
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If you are applying for September 2018, January 2019 or April 2019 your fees will be:
£960 per 20 credit module
£960 per 20 credit module
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
We have received sponsorship from several pharmaceutical companies to allow us to allocate a limited number of funded places each year.
- Allergy Therapeutics (UK) Ltd
- ALK-Abello Ltd
- Danone Nutricia (Early Life Nutrition)
- Mead Johnson
- Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition
Any health professional who provides allergy clinical care and who would like to develop their practice in this field can apply.
Educational bursaries are also available from Allergy UK.
A honours degree, or international equivalent, in a healthcare profession or relevant discipline. You must also be working in the healthcare profession or related field.
You must be IT literate to complete these highly interactive courses online and have access to a computer with a:
- reliable internet connection
We will also consider applications on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and are working in the healthcare profession or related field.
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
When you make your online application, you will need to select your academic year of entry on the 'Programme of Study' page. If you are applying for September 2018 select 2018/2019 in the 'Academic year of entry' field.
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When you make your online application, you will need to select your academic year of entry on the 'Programme of Study' page:
- if you are applying for September 2018, January 2019 or April 2019, select 2018/2019 in the 'Academic year of entry' field.
When applying for a CPD module, please include the module name and code you wish to study in your personal statement, eg 'I would like to study the CPD Allergy module (CHS 8005)'.